Changing The World For The Worse

, , , | Right | November 18, 2019

(I work as a cashier at a fast food restaurant in the middle of my city. These past few weeks, a carnival has been set up in the centre just across the street from the restaurant. Seeing as the carnival only takes small bills, this exchange will happen several times a day:)

Me: “How can I help you?”

Customer: “Yeah, can you exchange this into small bills for me?” *holds up a fifty-euro bill*

Me: “Oh, no, sorry. I’m not allowed to make exchanges, and I don’t have enough bills in my till to make that exchange, anyway.”

Customer: *thinking he’s being clever* “Can I have one hamburger?” *cheapest item on our menu, €1.20*

Me: *sighing a bit because honestly, this isn’t clever and mostly annoying* “Sure, that’ll be €1.20, please.”

Customer: *pays with the fifty-euro bill he’s still holding, smirking*

(As a side note, there is a bank situated in the centre of the carnival that would definitely be able to do all the aforementioned without having to call for more cash every two minutes.)

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Unfiltered Story #177708

, , | Unfiltered | November 16, 2019

I’m waiting in line at a fast service burger place when I witness the kind of stupidity I always had to endure in retail.

Poor kid at register: is that everything?”
Lady: “don’t I get a free shake?” (Rude tone)
Kid: “do you have a coupon?”
Lady: “well no! I got the email!”
Kid: “do you have the email?”
Lady: “no, I deleted it!” Angrily points at a placard advertising their in house rewards that says ‘free shake on your birthday’. “See?!”
Kid: “when’s your birthday?”
Lady: “two weeks ago!”
Kid: “I’m sorry ma’am, you have to be enrolled prior to your birthday and bring in the email.”
Lady: “well that’s ridiculous!”

She demands to see the manager, like they always do, who tells her the same thing. I was very pleased when she didn’t get a shake.

Unfiltered Story #177706

, , | Unfiltered | November 16, 2019

(It’s around 1AM and my boyfriend and I drive up to a popular fast food place before we head home after a show. The manager says over the intercom that they’re currently updating their cash register system and to please go order inside, cash-only. This happens after the cashier writes down our order on a spare sheet of paper and manually tallies the price on a calculator that was likely twice as old as she was.)

Cashier: Here’s your change!

Me: Hey, uh, do you take tips? Can I do that?

Cashier: *weird look* Uh, no, unfortunately we can’t take tips…

Me: Darn. I figured you’d need it tonight. You’ve probably gotten yelled at at least once by now.

Cashier: Ha, well, so far people have been alright, but some do get pretty upset. But we have donation boxes for [Company charity]!

Me: Great! Have a good night, alright?

(It’s only when my boyfriend came back with our drinks that I realized she’d given us large cups rather than the medium we’d asked for. Still a shame I couldn’t leave a tip!)

Unfiltered Story #177704

, , | Unfiltered | November 16, 2019

(I’m the customer in this story. I’ve had a stressful day and it was only 11 A.M. or so. The truck didn’t start, my daughter (who is 1) made us late for her appointment, and I got stuck behind a slow moving vehical which made us even later, and she had shots. I was still sniffling and was just overall felt pretty terrible when I decided to stop and get some fries and a soda from a popular fast food place.)
Me: *pulls up to the order box*
Worker: Welcome to (name of fast food), what can I get for you?
Me: I’ll have a large Friday…
Me:…*realized what I just said and hit my head off the wheel*…I’m sorry I meant a large fry…
Worker: *chuckling* Anything to drink?
Me:…Medium coke?
Worker: How about a large?
Me: Yes please.
Worker: Thank you, pull up to the first window.
Me: Thank you. *pulls up*
Worker: *laughing*
Me: It’s been one of those days.
Worker: I can see that! We all have them, are you alright?
Me: I’m stressed.
Worker: *nods her head and takes my money*
Me: I do hope that made your day better.
Worker: *laughs and hands back change*
(Thank you worker for making me smile a bit at my own mistake, I honestly needed it!)

In Line But Out In Space

, , | Right | November 15, 2019

(My boyfriend and I are in line at a Mexican fast food restaurant with a very small menu — maybe seven items. It’s very busy and the line is very long; it’s taking about fifteen minutes to get through. There’s a woman in front of us by herself. My boyfriend and I are chatting about what we’re going to order so we’re prepared when we get to the front of the line. The woman in front of us isn’t on her phone or anything, just staring off into space. She gets to the front of the line and the worker asks her what she’d like.)

Woman: “Oh, I don’t know. Hmm… Let me think.”

Boyfriend: *whispering in my ear* “Seriously? We’ve been in line for over ten minutes! She hasn’t figured it out yet?”

(The woman continues to hem and haw for a moment, then turns back to look at the menu on the wall again. The same wall everyone in line has been staring at the entire time.)

Woman: “Do you sell burritos here?”

Me: “Good grief!”

(The worker looked like he wanted to kill her. The rest of her transaction went much the same way: she had to ask about all the options, changed her mind repeatedly. Another worker was able to take our order, and we had our food and sat down and were halfway done eating before she even got out of line.)

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